NEVADA, Mo. (AP)— A southwest Missouri girl who disappeared last week before being found safe admits that she faked a pregnancy for nine months.

The 17-year-old from Nevada sparked a search and widespread concern when she disappeared April 16 because she was believed to be close to giving birth. Relatives and friends reported receiving text messages indicating she had given birth to a baby that didn’t survive.

But she was found safe on Sunday, with no sign of a baby. Police say she at first refused to cooperate but eventually admitted her deception.

The Springfield News-Leader reports police said in a news release that a medical examination made it obvious there was no reason to continue an investigation.

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